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Volunteering at the Ames Public Library

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Every year, over 400 volunteers help support the Ames community by helping with various aspects of library services. We strive to match eager volunteers with rewarding positions to enhance the services and programming that Ames Public Library offers. APL Volunteer Services also works with court-ordered Community Services participants as well as library customers who would like like to address their fines by participating in our Fine Alternative Program.

Who can Volunteer?

Participants in Volunteer Services programming must be 11 years of age or older. Some exceptions may be made for groups of children completing service learning projects through school or other organizations.  Additionally, because family volunteering is encouraged at APL, younger children are welcome to volunteer with their parents or grandparents.

How to Sign Up

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, including the summer youth volunteer program, community service, and fine alternative programs, or would like more information, contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at sbohlke@amespubliclibrary.org or (515) 239-5663.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ames Public Library has a variety of volunteer positions available for adults, teenagers, and families who are interested in making a positive impact on the Ames community and its quality of life. Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. If you have a particular interest or skill area not listed here, please talk to the Volunteer Services Coordinator about other opportunities.

Book Brigade

Volunteers are needed to help organize our Book Brigade on Sunday, August 17.  Volunteers will need to be available from 3:15-5:30pm that day. Volunteers will primarily assist staff by instructing participants where to line up to pass the books. Volunteers are welcome--and encouraged--to step into the human chain to help reach a record number of book brigade participants!

Library Move

Many volunteers are needed to help move the Library back to our renewed building! Volunteers can choose from a variety of tasks including holding doors open, working on a team to unshelve/reshelve books, pushing carts, and driving trucks. Volunteers are needed from August 18-August 30 mornings, afternoons or evenings. You are welcome to join our crew for one shift or multiple shifts.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, Sarah Bohlke at sbohlke@amespubliclibrary.org or 239-5663.

 

There are other areas of volunteer needs not listed here including special projects and events, so please ask about opportunities that may be of more interest to you. 

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For more information, call (515) 239-5663 or e-mail sbohlke@amespubliclibrary.org.